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Weather myths we definitely believe

Weather myths we definitely believe

I will not talk about mythical Zeus who controlled lightning in the sky, of about your bracelet which allegedly can save you from rain when you forget your umbrella. It sounds kind of funny, but even in our scientifically advanced world many of us still believe in some ridiculous things.

Lightning never strikes in the same place twice

This weather folktale about lightning deservedly gets the first place on the list.

In fact, lightning can strike any number of times in the same place within one minute. Especially, when the object is pointed, tall and isolated like The Empire State Building. It is interesting that this building is struck by lightning about a hundred times every year.

Alcohol can warm you in cold water

Do not try to check it, because you probably will get a hypothermia.

It has just the opposite effect: while it can create the sensation of warmth, alcohol causes heat loss, by making your body release warmth even faster. Blood flows to your skin and away from your internal organs—it breaks the natural process that keeps us warm.

Cold air makes you sick

In reality, it is viruses who make us sick. And cold air just help them to penetrate into our bodies. Coldness leads to our organism becoming weaker and more susceptible to illnesses. Blood vessels constrict and an immune response is repressed.

You can safely drive through floodwater

While consuming alcohol in a cold weather can harm you, this will likely kill you.

Some reckless drivers think that their SUV can go through a flooded area and not drown. But the fact is, only 12 inches of water are enough to carry away a small car, and 2 ft—to float an SUV. So this myth is not only interesting, but also dangerous: half of all flood-related deaths occur when a car is deliberately driven into a severe flooded zone.

Rivers, mountains or lakes can protect an area from a tornado

If you live in a mountainous terrain or in place with rivers or lakes and think that you are, therefore, safe from tornadoes, you are wrong. Just because it did not happen while you live n a certain place it does not mean it would not ever happen. Remember Boston in 2014, Minneapolis in 2012 or New York City in 2010.

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